Agriculture: the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, and raising livestock and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products.
Resources for Farmers & Ranchers
Determining your price point
Are you struggling with how to determine your price point for your product. Check out this price point tool.
Land Use Laws
Frequently asked questions, and answers, about land use laws for each county in Central Oregon. click here to download. Note that these were last reviewed in 2011 but will provide some insight in the the laws.
County Health Department – Food Safety
The Oregon Department of Agriculture is responsible for regulating production, processing, and distribution of food products. If you plan to operate a restaurant, host temporary food service events, or operate a mobile food cart, contact your local county health department for a license. Click here to find your local inspector.
Rogue Farm Corps – farm internships
Farms Next: beginning farmers and ranchers.
FarmsNext is a great launching point for beginning farmers and ranchers with little or no previous experience. FarmsNext is a full season entry-level residential program combining hands-on training and skills-based education in sustainable agriculture.
FarmsNOW: advanced on-farm program
The FarmsNOW apprenticeship program is an advanced on-farm program combining hands-on training and skills-based education for those seeking mastery in the art and business of sustainable agriculture.
Land Linking Program by Friends of Family Farmers
The average age of farmers in Oregon is 58 years old. Without a plan to get new farmers onto the land with access to education, financing and markets, we stand to lose 25-50% of the land that is currently in agriculture production in the next decade. In response, Friends of Family Farmers has developed a land and resource connection service with an online database to help Oregon grow the next generation of family farmers. Click here for more info.
Aggie Bond Program – Farmer Loan Program
The purpose of the Beginning and Expanding Farmer Loan Program (aka Aggie Bond Program) is to provide affordable financing to new farmers for financing capital purchases.
The Aggie Bond Program allows the lender to avoid paying income taxes on interest the lender receives from the borrower. The lender passes on this savings to the borrower in the form of a lower interest rate. The state of Oregon does not provide a repayment guarantee of the Aggie Bond. The lender assumes all credit risks, and the borrower is solely responsible for repaying the Aggie Bond.
Oregon Department of Agriculture
To learn more about marketing, food safety, regulations, inspections, grants and more click here.
Start2Farm.gov is a database of programs and resources for beginning farmers and ranchers.
Start2Farm is a project of the National Agricultural Library in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation. Start2Farm is funded through a USDA, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Beginning Farming and Ranching Development Program grant and was developed to assist people new to farming or ranching and those who have less than 10 years experience.
Thinking of Farming?
If you are considering farming or just getting started, click here to take a minute to think about your next steps using their farming tutorial.
If you are already running a farm or ranch business, search their programs and resources by category.
Valuable information for a successful start as a farmer or rancher. Use our suggested collections as a starting point or search the full collection of resources.
Farm Service Agency has farm loans including: youth, beginning farmers, minority, emergency and others.
USDA funding, Veteran resources, urban agriculture and partners are listed on this USDA site.